There is a little bit of nonsense behind every child's story book; cows jumping over moons and the like, so Eric Carle has written a totally nonsense book! The Nonsense Show is aimed at children aged 3-7 which is an age where I think their minds can run away with them. The book is full of weird combinations (ones that we would see as 'wrong') such as birds in water, fish in cages and mice chasing cats, but why is that wrong?
C thought this was absolutely hilarious. On first read, I thought "This is so weird" but that's the point! It's full of surrealism to spark children's imagination and creativity. The semi-abstract artwork is amazing too. It's full of colour and I've never seen a kids book illustrated like it. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to art.
I think that The Nonsense Show is a great book to get children thinking and getting them to come up with their own nonsense creations. At 3, C is at the very bottom of the age range but as we continue reading and he gets older, I will definitely be getting him to create his own nonsense situations!
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle is published by Puffin Books and retails at £8.10 for a hardbacked copy.
(Disclaimer: We received a copy of the book for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)